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05/03/2007La Fédération canadienne des municipalités et son Caucus des maires des grandes villes pressent le gouvernement du Canada d'adopter une stratégie nationale de transports en commun comportant des mesures concrètes pour s'attaquer aux changements climatiques, mais également pour accroître la compétitivité des villes et améliorer la qualité de vie.

L'Association canadienne du transport urbain estime que les réseaux de transports en commun du pays ont besoin de 20,7 milliards $ pour leurs infrastructures d'ici à 2010.

 

Gérald Tremblay, maire de Montréal, croit que le transport en commun accroît l'attractivité et la compétitivité des régions métropolitaines. Il rappelle que le secteur des transports représente 30 pour cent des émissions de gaz à effet de serre du Canada, et les véhicules particuliers produisent, à eux seuls, 70 pour cent des émissions de ce secteur.

 

Compte tenu qu'un autobus peut transporter autant de passagers que 50 voitures et qu'il pollue 18 fois moins, il serait logique de convaincre les Canadiens de ranger leur voiture et de prendre les transports en commun, selon les maires.

 

Les maires reconnaissent que le gouvernement fédéral investit déjà dans les transports en commun, mais ils soutiennent que les besoins sont de beaucoup supérieurs aux gestes fédéraux consentis.

 

Les maires demandent aussi d'intégrer l'aménagement du sol et la planification des transports, d'adopter des mesures pour inciter la population à choisir les transports en commun, de mener des recherches pour stimuler l'utilisation des transports en commun et de mettre en oeuvre des mesures de reddition de comptes visant tous les ordres de gouvernement. L'Association canadienne du transport urbain estime que les réseaux de transports en commun du pays ont besoin de 20,7 milliards $ pour leurs infrastructures d'ici à 2010.

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Montreal left out

 

Has Prime Minister Stephen Harper forgotten Montreal? Yesterday, Toronto Mayor David Miller and Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay held a news conference downtown to unveil a proposal for a transit strategy put out by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. In it, Canadian mayors are asking the federal government for $2 billion a year to set up a national transit strategy. That’s about half of what the mayors really need, but they have to start somewhere.

 

Great idea. Affordable and accessible public transportation means more people will leave their cars at home, instead of driving into the city to work.

 

Municipalities are now paying too large a slice of the public transportation pie, and according to Tremblay, all the resulting extra traffic is costing us money — to the tune of $800 million a year.

 

The mayors, during their press conference, admitted it was too early for the March 19 federal budget to reflect their demands. They decided the transit funding issue would be a good carrot at the end of the next federal election campaign stick. Imagine their surprise, then, when Harper come out the next day and announced that half the amount requested by the Canadian mayors is going to Toronto.

 

According to CTV.ca, the Harper government will inject $1 billion into improving the transit system in the Greater Toronto area that will go toward, among other things, building six new stations along the Spadina subway line. Doing so, said Harper, will reduce air pollution and improve the gridlock on that city’s highways.

 

Well, that’s a good start, but what about Montreal and the rest of Canada? Is Harper playing favourites? Maybe the mayors’ federal election campaign intuition was right on — sort of.

 

Harper should give serious consideration to upping the federal contribution across the board. Make public transport more affordable and accessible to all Canadians. Right now, the feds contribute only eight percent to public transportation, while the provinces kick in 38 percent. The rest comes from the municipalities. If Harper cares about the

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And then people wonder why T.O. is ahead of Montreal.

The feds invest massively in Culture, Transportation, Tourism in T.O.

If you keep Montreal and Quebec in a certain 'poverty' - then separation from Canada ends up making no financial sense. Montreal has been paying too long the price to build Toronto as Canada's capital of all things.

Starting from the Saint-Lawrence Seaway so that boat traffic could move down to T.O., thus reducing Rail operations which made Montreal Canada's HUB.

Then, building and not investing in Mirabel. Focusing on Pearson instead. Does it make sense for planes coming in from Europe to travel to T.O. (that's an extra hour in-land) when the highest concentration of people in U.S. live on the eastern seaboard?

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I hate to say it - but English Canada are doing everything to keep Quebec in Canada - and their tool is economy.

If the feds had not pulled out of it's financial responsibiity in Education, Health, Transportation - then our provincial economy would be in much better shape - and the Separatists would have a leg to stand on when they say that Quebec can be it's own country.

What's the first arguement of Federalists against Separation: how are you going to pay your debt!

 

What's even more shocking is that Montreal has the highest number of public transit users in North America. We are the poster child for pubilc transit, the use of small cars, alternatives (Bikes and walking downtown). Should we not be the one's getting the money to expand, renovate and maintain our public transit system?

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j'imagine qu'il va y avoir une annonce pour Montréal aussi éventuellement, Harper va donner des petits cadeaux à tout le monde pour les rendre heureux, si'il veut être majoritaire il doit gagner des votes au Québec et en Ontario.

Je pense que tu as partiellement raison pour ce qui est de l'indépendance du Québec. Par contre, si les Québécois veulent vraiment l'indépendance il vont devoir se décider à moment donner, quand l'économie va bien ont dit qu'il y a pas de raison de se séparer, quand ça va mal on dit qu'on réussira pas à être un pays indépendant......l'indépendance doit venir du fond du coeur, pas du font de nos poches....est-ce qu'on est plus con que les Irlandais, qui eux même s'ils étaient collés à l'Angleterre ont pris leur indépendance....en tout cas....skuser la parenthèse

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Let's give harper some time...maybe he'll have an announcement to make for Montreal in the near future...at least I hope so!

 

What's even more shocking is that Montreal has the highest number of public transit users in North America. We are the poster child for pubilc transit,

 

No kidding! We should be rewarded for this.

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